1964 Ronnie Dove – Right Or Wrong
Singer Ronnie Dove grew up in Virginia and began singing in clubs in the Baltimore area while stationed there by the Coast Guard. He recruited some musicians and formed Ronnie Dove and the Bell-Tones. The group released the single Lover Boy in 1959, but it failed to chart.
After a few more recordings didn’t do any better, the group broke up and Ronnie began a solo career. He signed with Diamond Records, which began issuing his records in 1964.
Ronnie’s second single for Diamond (Say You) charted, reaching #40 on the Hot 100 in 1964.
Wanda Jackson released records that straddled rockabilly and Country in the late fifties. She wrote and recorded a song aimed directly at the Country market in 1961, Right Or Wrong. Not only did her single reach the top ten on the Country charts, it peaked at #29 on the Hot 100 and #9 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Ronnie’s second single for Diamond was a cover of Wanda’s hit. The record peaked at #14 in 1964.
One distinctive feature of the recording is a high note that Ronnie hit as the final word of the song. Ronnie has explained that a visitor to the studio encouraged him to sing that note at the end of the song when recorded it in Nashville: Elvis!
Ronnie had eight more songs reach the top 25 on the Hot 100 within just the next two years.
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